[-empyre-] Week 3 on empyre: Thinking and Tinkering

Ana Valdés agora158 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 18 00:03:04 AEDT 2015

Stefanie was a participant as well of our workshop in Damascus Syria
together with Palestinian girls using games as narrative of the diaspora
and trying to empower them to play a more active role in the society.
Syria was at that time a rather secularists society where women had
possibilities to study and work. The Sharia laws were not applicable and
both Christian and Moslem communities lived side by side, such different
than today's sectarism.
El feb 17, 2015 10:52 AM, "Renate Terese Ferro" <rferro at cornell.edu>

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> Thanks to Anne Balsamo for joining us yesterday. I think it is important
> to recognize and support the places and spaces where feminist inspired
> technology has converged. Just within the last two weeks Helen, Ana, Anne,
> and Tracey have highlighted a few:  the Eclectic Tech Carnival, the Trans
> Hack Feminist Camp, the transmediale event  "commoning the networks:
> feminist methodology,² the FemTechNet network and the affiliated Fembot
> Collective (that
> I don¹t think Anne had a chance to mention yesterday).  Additionally
> earlier Tracey Benson mentioned the ADA Camp she had attended in India and
> the mother and daughter team from Kerala who facilitated a Wiki-thon on
> International Women's Day to include entries on prominent women into
> Wikipedia.
>  Anne also mentioned the wiki-storming initiative that FemTechNet has
> spearheaded.
> A few years ago at Harvestwork in New York City, Stefanie Wuschitz  from
> Vienna collaborated with Harvestwork¹s 2010 Artist In Residence Lesley
> Flanigan to
> host a two day workshop for  women artists on interactive tools.  I
> attended that event and though the mission of the workshop was to
> demystify the tools of technology, I recognized that to teach or share
> only the technology was not addressing the complicated and embedded layers
> of social, cultural and
> political values that are inscribed in these tools. Many of our
> technological innovations originated from our military industrial complex.
> Unless critically
> dissected and understood  these  patriarchal systems simply remain
> unchecked.  I have been a proponent since I began working in digital
> culture and technology to create and teach from a critical perspective,
> one that is cross-disciplinary where tools and technology do not exist in
> the void of the workshop or lab but where they were understood as a ways
> and means to be thought through via other disciplines and modes of
> communication.
> Thanks to all of you including Anne Balsamo and others of you
> participating in simultaneous threads this month.  We all seem to agree
> that thinking through technology is just as important as tinkering with
> it. Selmin Kara and Patrick Keilty are joining us for the next couple of
> days.  Both
> Patrick and Selmin are -empyre moderators and I have included their
> biographies below.
> Renate
> Originally from Turkey, Selmin Kara is an Assistant Professor of Film and
> New Media at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. She has critical
> interests in the
> use of new technologies, tactical media, and sound in documentary, as well
> as post-cinematic aesthetics and new materialist approaches in film. Her
> work has
> appeared and is forthcoming in Studies in Documentary Film, Poiesis: A
> Journal of the Arts & Communication, Sequence, the Oxford Handbook of
> Sound and
> Image in Listening. Selmin is currently co-editing an anthology on
> contemporary documentary media and working on her book project
> Reassembling Documentary: From Actuality to Virtuality, which proposes a
> new materialist framework for understanding the sound and image
> relationships in documentary in the age of networks.
> Patrick Keilty is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information at
> the University of Toronto. His primary teaching and research fields are
> new media studies, with a particular focus on digital theory, technology
> studies, visual culture, gender, sexuality, and critical theory.
> He is co-editor of Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader (2013).
> His monograph project, provisionally titled Database Desire, engages the
> question of how our embodied engagements with labyrinthine qualities of
> database design mediate aesthetic objects and structure sexual desire in
> ways that abound with expressive possibilities and new narrative and
> temporal structures. Recently, he has published and presented his
> SSHRC-funded research on a wide variety of topics, including embodiment
> and technology, algorithmic display, the history of information retrieval,
> technology and transformations
> of gendered labor, women in computing, design and experience, compulsion
> and control, metadata and the creation of fetishistic networks, new forms
> of sexual nomenclature as taxonomies for navigating pornographic
> databases, and feminist and queer new media and techno-science issues
> generally.
> Renate Ferro
> Visiting Assistant Professor of Art,Cornell University
> Department of Art, Tjaden Hall Office:  306
> Ithaca, NY  14853
> Email:   <rferro at cornell.edu <mailto:rtf9 at cornell.edu>>
> URL:  http://www.renateferro.net <http://www.renateferro.net/>
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> Lab:  http://www.tinkerfactory.net <http://www.tinkerfactory.net/>
> Managing Co-moderator of -empyre- soft skinned space
> http://empyre.library.cornell.edu/
> On 2/17/15, 4:32 AM, "helen varley jamieson" <helen at creative-catalyst.com>
> wrote:
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